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Changing Horses
Changing Horses
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Change in Sound, February 16, 2009
This review is from: Changing Horses (Audio CD)
I've been a huge fan of Ben Kweller ever since my dorm-mate in college turned me on to his music.

I've always enjoyed how Kweller can take classic sounds and turn them into something new. His first album was very folksy, his secon Beatles-esque. His third attempt has ups and downs, and I'm still turning it around in my head.

It seemed he went as far as he could with one style of music and decided to switch it up - a refreshing decision!

He goes back to taking old sounds and making them new - this is very neo-Cash. Love it.


Tropic Thunder
Tropic Thunder
DVD ~ Ben Stiller
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the Issues You'd Expect, December 7, 2008
This review is from: Tropic Thunder (DVD)
Much was made of Downey Jr.'s foray into the culutrally sensitive issue of wearing black-face for the movie as well as the use of the word "retard."

However, the name of the game was satire from the word "go." This movie didn't mock African-Americans or the mentally disabled - it mocked Hollywood trying to make a big deal of these issues.

At the end of the day, this movie is mocking Hollywood stars trying to the best it can to make money, and names, off of issues. You can see dozens of Hollywood stars in the characters portryed by Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey, Jr. and (insert name of the kid in the movie).

Tropic Thunder acheives its goal and while it drags a bit in places and is not "falling off of your chair laughing" throughout the entire movie, it is quite funny and if you are able to "get" what Stiller and co. are trying to do, it's a great film.


The Communist Road To Power In Vietnam: Second Edition (Nations of the Modern World : Asia)
The Communist Road To Power In Vietnam: Second Edition (Nations of the Modern World : Asia)
by William J. Duiker
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great History of Vietnam, October 28, 2008
Duiker is one of the best, if not the best, writers on modern Vietnamese history.

This book avoids spin and tells the actual events that led from Colonial suffering to revolution and beyond.

Any fan of Duiker should really give this book a read - enthralling.

Also check out: Ho Chi Minh: A Life by Duiker.


Dig Out Your Soul (Limited Edition CD/DVD)
Dig Out Your Soul (Limited Edition CD/DVD)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better when it was called "Don't Believe the Truth", October 28, 2008
Another great effort by Oasis, but it's a continuation of the same sound we got from Don't Believe the Truth. As Noel himself said, there aren't any singles on this album. Unfortunately, that means there's no "Champagne Supernovas" "Don't Look Back in Angers" or any other songs with great hooks.

That isn't to say this isn't a good album, it's just not great.

Check out: Bag It Up, The Shock of Lightning, and I'm Outta Time


Heavier Things
Heavier Things
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heavier Indeed, January 25, 2008
This review is from: Heavier Things (Audio CD)
Not completely shedding his pop persona quite yet, Mayer's "Heavier Things" is still a much better album that his freshman effort.

This album represents much more complex arrangements and a deeper lyrical effort that focuses more on emotion than visuals.

There are several highlights on this album including Clarity and Come Back to Bed, amongst others.


Continuum
Continuum
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Effort to Date, January 25, 2008
This review is from: Continuum (Audio CD)
Admittedly, I was not a huge John Mayer fan until I saw him live in concert.

This is far and away Mayer's best album to date, a great blending of his love of the blues and intricate guitar work and his ability to make those two qualities radio-friendly.

Mayer is slowly but surely shedding his "Your Body is a Wonderland" and "Daughters" pop-blues writing and entering into a bluesier phase that will hopefully continue into his next album(s).

Check out his briliant Hendrix cover, Bold as Love, though nearly every song on this album is of single quality.


Welcome to the Drama Club
Welcome to the Drama Club
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lackluster Effort, January 25, 2008
Following the renewed and applaudable effort of Slow Motion Daydream, Welcome to the Drama Club leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The song writing is weak, though the music is fairly good. It seems that Alexakis is trying to hard to recapture the hard edged feel of early albums, but without the emotion to back it up.

Many of the songs will remind you of So Much for the Afterglow and the first volume of Songs from an American Movie, but empty shells of those efforts.

However, there are some gems on this album, such as Portland Rain, Under the Western Stars, Your Arizona Room, and the amazing song Glorious.

You're better downloading the mp3's of the highlights rather than purchasing the whole album.

Ranking this, it would be behind Slow Motion Daydream but light years ahead of the Everclear's weakest and most lyrically disappointing album, Songs from an American Movie Volume Two.


Photograph Smile
Photograph Smile
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy, January 25, 2008
This review is from: Photograph Smile (Audio CD)
This is not a very good album. Julian has an amazing voice and the quality of the instrumentals is great, but the quality of songwriting on this album leaves much to be desired.

If you're looking for muzak, this album is the way to go, but do not expect any sort of contemplative, reflective, or simply interesting lyrics from this effort.
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Working Class Hero: The Definitive Lennon
Working Class Hero: The Definitive Lennon
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Price: $41.70
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Most Complete You'll See Outside of the Box Set, January 25, 2008
The song selection on these two discs span Lennon's amazing solo career and includes some rare and live gems that are worth buying the album for.

I must say, however, that this disc is probably not for hardcore Lennon fans, especially if you have already purchased the Lennon Box Set from a while back.

My only point of contention with this album is that the "hit" songs should have been interspersed between to the two albums to allow more casual listeners a chance to listen to the entirety of both discs rather than listening to disc one ad infinitum.


Bodum Chambord Coffee Press
Bodum Chambord Coffee Press
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Price: $30.57
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why Use Drip Machines?, January 25, 2008
My good previous experiences with Bodum products led me to buy my first coffee press from their company.

After using this, I cannot imagine owning another coffee machine for the rest of my life. The simplicity, speed, and quality of drink when using a coffee press is a rare pleasure in my early morning routine.

I can say definitively that I will never go back to the big, clunky, and expensive drip coffee machines I'm used to using. The coffee press is also a huge space saver in the kitchen - I store mine with my glassware.

The cleaning of the Bodum coffee press is as quick and easy as making coffee in it. Everything is completely detachable and dishwasher safe, though I recommend hand-washing. All of the metal pieces of the press itself are detachable and easily cleaned.

The only thing I didn't love about the press is the thin metal mesh that can come apart somewhat easily during cleaning. I have to say, though, that this easily replaceable part ($3.50 on Amazon) lasted my three months, so it is not a problem.


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